That's Mental: Painfully Funny Things That Drive Me Crazy about Being Mentally Ill
"Incredible!"--Samantha Irby, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty
Raw, witty, and unapologetic, That's Mental is a collection of laugh-out-loud funny, confessional essays about the inappropriate, devastating, and strangely amusing side to being mentally ill.
In her book, British comedy writer Amanda Rosenberg breaks down myths and misconceptions about what it means to live, laugh, love with bipolar II in a darkly funny, but familiar way. That's Mental dives head-first into the overlooked and offbeat issues of mental illness, it shines a harsh, fitting room light on thoughts and ideas that are often avoided, because they're uncomfortable or just downright embarrassing.
These pages move through the everyday realities of mental illness, covering everything from, how reaching out for help is a fucking nightmare, to dealing with people who suggest "cures" for your depression, to making up excuses to miss work just so you can take a mental health day. That's Mental is an uproarious and brutally honest collection of confessions from someone who's been there, done that, and still has no idea what she's doing.
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About the Author
Amanda Rosenberg is a British comedy writer whose work has been featured in McSweeney's, Vox, Anxy Magazine, The Establishment, Funny Or Die, The Hairpin, The Lily, GOOD, and The Mighty. Rosenberg is also a screenwriter and no, nothing you may have seen. When she's not writing she can be found indoors watching tv and movies while scrolling through her phone.
"Brutally honest and hilarious, That's Mental is an informative read that will have you both laughing and crying."--Women.com
"Amanda Rosenberg writes in a very funny, wonderfully accessible way about her experience with bipolar II. She uses her experience as a jumping off point for advice that feels like it comes from a candid friend. Then, just when she's got you comfortable, she punches you in the gut with a small snapshot of agonizing grief or a particularly evocative, elegant turn of phrase. Truly, this is my absolute favorite way for a writer to approach a tough subject, and she does it gloriously. May this book serve to make you laugh and to increase your compassion for all who live with mental illness. Perhaps you'll even be kinder to yourself."--Sara Benincasa, author of Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom and Real Artists Have Day Jobs
"That's Mental is a darkly funny, highly intimate book that feels at home alongside titles like Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy or Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking. Which is to say, it's extremely essential reading." - PureWow
"That's Mental, gathers the dusty doom and darkest gloom of mental disorders she knows firsthand and blows them into the land of chuckles. Along the way, Rosenberg breaks down mental health myths and misconceptions with blistering honesty and brilliant empathy" - The East Bay Monthly
"Offering an insight into the everyday realities of living with bipolar - finding a therapist, dealing with insensitive friends - Rosenberg obliterates stigma and offers realistic, actionable advice." - Dazed
"Rosenberg is doing something extremely important: disrupting the stigma that keeps so many people silent about their pain." - Bitch Media
Told with both humor and vulnerability- Parade Magazine
"Told with both humor and vulnerability" - Parade Magazine